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Situational awareness - April 1, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Utah gets federal approval to launch the "bridge" Medicaid expansion today.
  • Utahns overwhelmingly want to host another Winter Olympics.
  • Trump threatens to close the southern border.

Political trivia winners:

Florence Ellinwood Allen is the native-born Utahn who was the first woman to serve on a state supreme court and the first woman to serve as a U.S. federal judge. She was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1922 and became a federal judge in 1934.

The first three readers to send in the correct answer were:

  • Thom Carter
  • Patrice Arent
  • Natalie Gordon

We have a winner! Mike Mower conceded defeat on Friday, saying he was unable to answer the trivia question posed by Ron Fox. We'll be sending a $25 gift card to him for the achievement.

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Today is the 91st day of the year. There are 274 days remaining in 2019.

19 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)

33 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)

33 days to the United Utah Party state convention (5/4/2019)

63 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

67 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

82 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)

86 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Miami (6/26/2019)

134 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

218 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

301 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)

309 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

337 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)

578 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/SLC_Olympics.jpgUtahns overwhelmingly want to host another Olympic games

A super-majority of 87 percent of Utahns support Salt Lake City hosting a future Winter Olympics, a recent poll finds.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 political bracket face-off enters the 'Sweet 16'

We're down to the "Sweet 16" in our 2019 bracket faceoff.
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgStraw poll: Brown favored to become next GOP chairman

Former Utah Rep. Derek Brown is the odds-on favorite to be the next chairman of the Utah Republican Party according to a straw poll of our "Political Insiders" and readers.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190331_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams on Medicare for all: 'Not an approach to healthcare that works for my constituents'

Rep. Ben McAdams said Sunday Morning on Fox News that he does not agree with the current push by many in the Democratic Party to implement a "Medicare for all" health system, but he does say there are problems with the health system that need to be fixed.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mike_Lee_01.jpgReport: Lee and Barr had 'shouting match' over Justice Department nominee

NPR reports Sen. Mike Lee and Attorney General William Barr had a "shouting match" over the nomination of Jessie Liu to a top slot at the Justice Department.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Adult_Expansion_Comparison_Chart_FINAL.jpgTrump administration approves Utah's first Medicaid waiver

 Utah got its Medicaid waiver Friday morning, meaning come Monday April 1 the state will start its own "bridge plan" to Medicaid expansion as adopted by the Legislature back in February.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190329_Stewart_Fox.jpgStewart: Schiff has 'virtually nothing' to prove his collusion claim

Rep. Chris Stewart continued his criticism of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Friday, saying the Democrat has "virtually nothing" to back up his claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgWaiting for a waiver - Bernick and Schott on politics

Utah is still waiting for a Medicaid waiver from the Trump administration ahead of Monday's deadline to start the state's scaled-back Medicaid expansion. Utah's plan involves work requirements for recipients, but a federal judge just struck those requirements down in two other states.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_31.jpgUtah still waiting for first Medicaid waiver from Trump administration ahead of April 1 deadline

Monday is the April 1 deadline for the Trump administration to give Utah a waiver so 12,000 or more low-income folks can be moved over from a subsidized private health insurance plan to the state's "expanded" Medicaid program.
images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Mitt_Romney_Donald_Trump_01.jpgPoll: Romney tops Trump in Utah

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney would beat President Donald Trump in a hypothetical presidential primary matchup in Utah according to a new poll.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Herbert keeps his promise

Congratulations to GOP Gov. Gary Herbert for vetoing this week SB123, a bill that would have set up a special election process in a U.S. House vacancy that bans candidate signature gathering.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgThursday's political bracket face-off winners

The "Sweet 16" in our 2019 bracket face-off is set after Thursday's final second-round contests.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgStewart asks for Chairman Schiff's resignation

Congressman Stewart joined fellow GOP Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in calling for the panel's chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, to step down.s
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngQatari delegation visits Utah to identify trade and investment opportunities

A Qatari delegation, led by His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador Anne Patterson and Ambassador Khalid Bin Yousef Al-Sada, visited Utah on March 21 and 22 and was hosted by World Trade Center Utah. As part of their inbound trade mission to the state, the diplomats met with Gov. Gary R. Herbert and nearly 30 Utah companies to explore opportunities to expand trade and investment between Utah and Qatar.

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Trump doubles down on his threat to close the southern border. Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday it would take "something dramatic" to prevent President Donald Trump from carrying out his plan to close parts of the border with Mexico -

Trump administration cutting off aid to three Central American countries. The U.S. is cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after President Trump said those countries had "set up" migrant caravans heading toward the U.S. -

President Trump wants the GOP to be the "party of healthcare," but they don't have a plan. Republicans in Congress say they have no intention of acting on President Trump's call for a new healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act -

  • Republican Senators in Washington are privately rooting against the Trump administration's effort to overturn Obamacare through the courts. If the ACA is struck down, Republicans say they won't be able to pass an alternative and it could lead to a disaster at the ballot box in 2020 -

Mueller report to be made public by mid-April. Attorney General William Barr says he will release a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report by mid-April, "if not sooner" -

Damage control. Former Vice President Joe Biden is dealing with allegations he made a Nevada politician feel "uneasy" in 2014 when he kissed her on the back of her head. Biden said Sunday he did not believe he acted inappropriately -

Buttigieg rakes in the cash. South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more than $7 million in the first quarter for his 2020 Democratic presidential bid -

Warren struggling. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren's finance director leaves her campaign as she is struggling to attract campaign cash -

Sanders pledges to lower prescription drug costs. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he will cut prescription drug costs by 50% if he's elected in 2020 -

Jeanine Pirro returns, calls for the arrest of Trump's accusers. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro returned to the air for the first time since making anti-Muslim comments. She spent a good part of her show railing against "treasonous" accusers of President Trump who were laying the groundwork for a "future effort to overthrow the government." She called for Trump's detractors to face "behind the bars justice" -

Sure. Why not? Actor Jim Carrey is in the middle of an online feud with the granddaughter of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini -


1789 - In New York City, the U.S. House of Representatives achieves its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.

1826 - Samuel Morey was granted a patent on the internal combustion engine.

1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

1970 - President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio.

1976 - Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California.

2003 - U.S. Marines rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who had been held prisoner in Iraq since March 23.

Policy News

Utah Taxpayers Association releases 2019 legislative scorecard
 The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2019 Legislative Scorecard. This year the Association's annual scorecard ranks Utah's 104 legislators on 14 crucial taxpayer related bills from the 2019 legislative session. The bills that were rated covered key taxpayer issues such as cutting taxes, preventing tax increases, promoting equity in Utah's tax code and ensuring economic success in the state for years to come.
Hatch Foundation names Matt Sandgren as Executive Director
The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation released the following statements after announcing Matt Sandgren would take the helm as executive director of the organization.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend Event
Innovator, inventor, disruptor and designer to speak at SLCC's 2019 commencement
Disruptive innovation expert Luke Williams will be the keynote speaker at Salt Lake Community College's 2019 Commencement, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., May 3, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.
Mayor Biskupski welcomes United Nations Under-Secretary General Alison Smale and announces theme for 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference
Mayor Jackie Biskupski, along with representatives from Utah Valley University, welcomed Alison Smale, Under Secretary General for Global Communications, United Nations, on her first visit to Salt Lake City since the announcement was made last November that the city was chosen to host the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference.

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Lighter Side

Victory Lap

"I've got to say that being told that you've not been indicted for betraying your country is a pretty low bar for a victory lap." Stephen Colbert

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